The Kellogg Observatory was added to the roof of the Buffalo Museum of Science in the 1930s, but by the 1990s, it was falling apart. It closed to the public in 1999.
That changes this weekend.
The museum held a private ribbon cutting Friday morning, and is hosting big Grand Opening celebrations for the public through the weekend.
This marks a major moment for the museum and for all of the community members who donated to make the massive Observatory Project possible.
The $1.8 million renovations included everything from making the rooftop accessible to all visitors to bringing the historic observatory back to life.
“We had to replace the dome on the Kellogg Observatory, we had to restore the historic Lundin telescope, we had to repair the roof deck,” said Marisa Wigglesworth, President & CEO of Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences. “A great variety of steps along the way.”
The observatory will be open Wednesday nights when skies are clear to give more visitors the chance to see the cosmos for themselves.